Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James’ camp had the early heads up on the situation involving Houston Rockets forward Danuel House, which just became public on Wednesday night.
The Houston Rockets have had several off the court scandals during the 2019-20 season, ranging from the public failed contract talks with coach Mike D’Antoni, the Nene contract that wasn’t, the James Harden-Giannis beef, James Harden’s infamous mask inside of the bubble, and of course, the China fiasco. The Rockets have also had their fair share of on-court scandals, including the James Harden dunk that wasn’t, and the famed small ball experiment that many believed was destined to fail.
Each of these incidents had differing outcomes and brought negative attention to the Rockets as an organization, in different shapes and forms. But for as eventful of a season as the Rockets have had, the current storyline surrounding the Rockets has been one of the biggest throughout the season, and certainly throughout 2020.
The latest story involves Danuel House, who the Rockets inked to a contract extension prior to the season. House made 36.3 percent of his 3-pointers throughout the regular season and has averaged 11.4 points per game throughout the playoffs. But House made news before Game 3 when it was announced that he was going to miss the contest, although it wasn’t related to an injury.
House missing the game had everyone within the Rockets community trying to identify the cause/reason for his absence, considering that it was announced shortly before tip-off, and in a subtle way. There wasn’t any update from any of the league’s best sources, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski didn’t provide an immediate update on House’s status, and neither did Shams Charania of The Athletic.
In fact, Wojnarowski didn’t provide an update on House’s absence until a full 24 hours later, which was on Wednesday night. Wojnarowski stated that House was being investigated for a potential violation of the NBA’s bubble protocol, amidst allegations that he received a visit from someone who wasn’t approved to enter the bubble.